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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > sea slugs > Order Nudibranchia
Cauliflower nudibranch
Dendrodoris tuberculosa
Family Dendrodorididae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This very large nudibranch with whorls of bumps on the upper side and a spotted underside is sometimes seen on some of our Southern shores, near reefs and seagrasses. It may be seasonal: when seen, often many individuals are spotted during the same trip.

Features: 12-15cm long. The upperside with lots of conical bumps arranged in clusters so that that resembles cauliflower. Generally pinkish or purplish. The underside is distinctive: dark with large pale round spots. Large rhinophores and large feathery gills.

Cyrene Reef, Jul 08

Spotted underside.

Rhinophore.

Rosette pattern.

Cauliflower nudibranchs on Singapore shores

Photos of Cauliflower nudibranchs for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


Beting Bemban Besar, May 11

Photo shared by James Koh on his blog.

Terumbu Semakau, Jun 15
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr.


Terumbu Raya, Mar 16

Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Pulau Hantu, Jan 08
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.


Filmed on Jul 08 at Cyrene Reefs

Nudibranch ~ up very close and very personal @ Cyrene Reef, Singapore from SgBeachBum on Vimeo.


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